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Join Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion every week as they explore their favorite topics of the moment.

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Get ready for the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere by binge-watching all 60 existing episodes with The Ringer’s experts, Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion, deep-diving one episode at a time to parse the theories, history, characters, and themes that enrich one of the defining stories of our time.
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 10, "Fire and Blood," by unpacking its central theme: rebirth (5:10). They also analyze the backstory behind the “King in the North” title (20:35) and crown a new mother as the episode’s champion (30:40).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 9, "Baelor," by parsing its central theme: the sometimes bitter pill that is compromise (5:50). They also break down the Battle of the Whispering Wood (20:10) before crowning its winner as the episode’s champion (30:05).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 8, "The Pointy End," by considering its central theme: the crucial, life-sustaining practice of building allegiances (3:50). They also review the stories behind the Old Gods and Weirwoods (20:00) and crown another episode champion (31:30).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 7, "You Win or You Die," by exploring its central theme: the importance of legacy (4:50). They also explain the history of the Night’s Watch, one of the central institutions on the show (20:00), and journey south to crown the episode’s champion (29:30).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 6, "A Golden Crown," by analyzing its central theme: loyalty and the ramifications when it becomes lost, gained, manipulated, and muddled (5:00). They also explore the history of the trial-by-combat tradition (19:40) and crown the episode’s champion (28:25).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 5, "The Wolf and the Lion," by examining its central theme: What makes a good ruler (4:25)? They also provide insight on bastards and the importance of a family name (19:05) and crown a pair of schemers as the episode’s champions (28:50).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 4, "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things," by dissecting its central theme: the political and personal plots and conspiracies that entangle numerous characters (4:15). They also provide an overview of Dragonlore (19:00) and crown a new episode champion (31:50).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 3, "Lord Snow," by exploring its central theme: institutional decay (6:00). They also explain the history the Mad King and the beef between Ned Stark and Jaime Lannister (17:10) before crowning the episode’s champion (29:00).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 2, “The Kingsroad,” by parsing its central theme: transitioning and enhancing one’s agency (6:30). They also discuss Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen’s time as refugees (16:24) and crown a pack of youngsters as the episode’s champions (28:40).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 1, Episode 1, “Winter Is Coming,” by unpacking its central theme: the weight of shared history (7:10). They also provide the backstory of Robert’s Rebellion (19:00) and crown the inaugural episode champion (34:30).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 10, "Valar Morghulis," by probing its central theme: winning the battle but not the war (10:00). They also relate the history of the Fist of the First Men (28:10) before crowning the final episode champion of the season (38:30).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 9, "Blackwater," by exploring its central theme: risking everything (7:20). They also consider the backstories behind the Lord of Light and blood magic (23:30) before crowning an unlikely war hero as the episode’s champion (33:10).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 8, "The Prince of Winterfell," by studying its central theme, fear, and its various manifestations and effects (6:15). They also provide the backstory of the Onion Knight and siege of Storm’s End (28:30) before crowning the episode’s champion (39:00).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 Episode 7, "A Man Without Honor," by reviewing its central theme: survival (6:00). They also examine the history of the Wildlings (26:10) before crowning a pair of local rivals as the episode’s champions (35:16).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss “Game of Thrones” Season 2, Episode 6, "The Old Gods and the New," by parsing its central theme: betrayal (7:17). They also delve into the history of the city of Qarth (25:00) before crowning a new episode champion (34:00).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 5, "The Ghost of Harrenhal," by analyzing its central theme: the importance of preparation and planning (6:00). They also detail the battles and events leading up to the assassination of Renly Baratheon (25:00) before crowning a competitor for the throne as the episode’s champion (35:10).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 4, "Garden of Bones," by exploring its central theme: the cost of war (6:00). They also examine the backstory behind the curse of Harrenhal (25:00) before crowning a repeat winner as the episode’s champion (36:00).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss “Game of Thrones” Season 2, Episode 3, "What Is Dead May Never Die," by analyzing its central theme: lessons, from both mentor-protégé relationships and broader teachable moments (5:10). They also explain the history of maesters and the disappearance of magic (22:10) before crowning a new player in the Game of Thrones as the episode’s champion (31:00).
The Ringer's Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion discuss ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, Episode 2, "The Night Lands," by parsing its central theme: identity, and how characters are perceived by both themselves and others (5:30). They also break down the backstory of the Greyjoy Rebellion and Iron Islands culture (22:20) before crowning a fan favorite as the episode’s champion (30:30).
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徐京世

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Apr 23rd
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Lou

Former hater, now Binge Mode is one of my favourites. I normally gravitate towards more chilled out hosts, so my first few listens I couldn’t get along with the energy. The quality of research and insight was undeniable, though. The more I gave the show a chance, the more I liked it, and now I’ve listened and re-listened to almost all of it! Great job to all involved.

Apr 14th
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Cole Jarecke

Love this duo, you can tell they are true fans and genuinely enjoy making this content. I started with the GoT shows and I'm excited to get through the star wars ones next

Feb 9th
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Tay Berryhill

you guys should do the witcher next!

Jan 12th
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Frank Bradley

DEEEEP!

Dec 27th
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Alexander Conway

I tried listening to these idiots fors few weeks, but I've reached my limit. These two are annoying as fuck. Anyone got any star war podcast recommendations for people who can't stand these two?

Dec 23rd
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Greg Zanchelli

No mention of IG-11 as possibly going back to old wiring, killing Kuiil, given all the discourse and build up/hints? Not to mention the distance of the imperial speeder troops from Kuiil shown when he drops...

Dec 22nd
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Evan Ferris

god chill out on the baby yoda stuff. this podcast legit sucks. nerds talking about how cute a fictional character is for over an hr.

Dec 18th
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Greg Zanchelli

just ICONIC

Dec 16th
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Wes Brown

this is awfully annoying.

Dec 16th
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Eric Lauzon

Decent podcast but could be much better if they didn't act like 7year old girls half the time.

Dec 3rd
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Greg Zanchelli

"They want more, ALWAYS..." -Binge Mode

Nov 15th
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Matt Chiang

Yes!!! New episode babay!!!

Nov 8th
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Elizabeth Tomassetti

Mlm

Sep 28th
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Breck Russell

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Sep 6th
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Mark Wright

the lad thinks he's a lot funnier than he is and the bird laughs at everything he says with the loudest fake laugh I've ever heard

Jun 8th
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Igor Treyger

What's the next big thing you guys will do ?! Can't wait!!

May 30th
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Brian

just finished the Stephen fry audiobooks, amazing! now what? more Harry potter!

May 28th
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Mike Gassett

Why have you not done a cursed child episode???

May 27th
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Nancy Hamilton

mal. Why are you being so irritating? The shrinking and giggling are unbearable.

May 24th
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